A mural in the directors’ car park at the University of Bradford Stadium has now been completed, by respected northern artist Paul Curtis.
Spanning the width of the car park - outside The Morrisons Family Stand turnstiles at the bottom of the stairs to the Yorkshire Payments 1911 Main Reception - the wall art is designed to enhance the home environment at Valley Parade and bring more of Bradford City’s unique identity to the area.
It features a painting of a proud, colourful bantam with its wings spread, alongside the words ‘With courage and pride we fight to be the best, in claret & amber and the bantam on our chest.’ - a line recently featured in club campaign videos, celebrating 120 years of Bradford City AFC.
The mural was completed by Liverpool-based Paul Curtis Artwork, and provides a photo opportunity spot for supporters on matchday. To find out more about Paul and his work, please CLICK HERE.
City’s director of brand, marketing and media, Luke Flacks, said: “The imposing presence of the mural brings further personality and identity to our home environment, and my thanks go to Paul for his work over the past month in bringing the artwork to life. I have always been a big fan of Paul’s work and, having previously worked with him, I knew his style and creativity would be perfect for what we wanted to portray.
“We aimed to bring the club’s emblem to life by illustrating a fiercely animated bantam, in the mould of the club’s passionate support. The accompanying motto is a statement of what the club stands for, and also sits on the walls of our training ground to serve as a reminder to everyone of what we represent every day.
“I hope our supporters enjoy and engage with the artwork as they descend on the stadium on matchdays. Hopefully, the mural can be a start of things to come, as we look to bring more of a brand presence to the local area.”
Paul Curtis said: “It was really nice to be asked by the club to work on this special commission, and I am pleased with the outcome.
“With Bradford being a big, community club, this was a really exciting project to work on, because I know how much this club means to its people, and that was a main consideration when working on it.
“Hopefully, it brings some luck, as Bradford City is a huge club which should be higher. Everyone I have spoken to so far has been very positive about the artwork, so hopefully it is embraced by the fans.
“I have done my best on it, and am excited to see how it is taken on. It has been a pleasure to work with the club, and I really enjoyed putting it together.”
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